Contest #38: Win Hoodman Steel USB Card & Reader (a $100 Value)




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The Challenge

This week’s photo contest is to submit a portrait with vibrant color!  Westcott Top Pro Elite Photographer,  Jim Schmelzer, had to deal with a variety of color temperatures in the video below, submit a “colorful” image and you could end up winning this weeks prize, along with the chance at the $15,000 grand prize Good Luck!

The Prizes

This weeks prize for the best “Colorful Image” will be provided  by SuperDigitalCity, a great online dealer that carries a full line of photography gear at great prices.  SuperDigitalCity has donated a Hoodman Raw Steel 16GB SDHC Card  as well as a Hoodman Steel SuperSpeed USB Card Reader. Along with these prizes, you will be presented with a Golden Ticket, which enters you into the year end raffle and a 1 in 200 shot to win $15,000 in Westcott gear!

The Inspiration

Top Pro Elite Jim Schmelzer uses the new Skylux LED to light his senior portrait session.  Jim had to battle different light temperatures as there was a tungsten light source in the room, and he was using a daylight balanced light.  See how Jim was able to balance the two color temperatures in the video below.


25 Responses to Contest #38: Win Hoodman Steel USB Card & Reader (a $100 Value)

  1. Terry Parker August 10, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    Natural light at a local swim meet. Taken with a 100-400 lens on a Canon 40D.

  2. Jc Murcia August 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    One of my all time favorite photos. This was an on location shoot at a junkyard. I saw this lil bus and immediately saw the shot in the head. Main light to the left and flash triggered in slave mode in the inside to give it a little extra.

    D800 & Nikkor 24-70

  3. rickhphoto August 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    Westcott 6-in-1 reflector, using soft gold panel.

    Shot at Armagossa Sand Dunes in Nevada

  4. Chuckkovach August 8, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    I wanted to try something different with this photo and really make the colors pop while still giving a dreamy feel to the image. The whole shoot was based around a more fashionesque type mermaid – and I worked with an up and coming designer who created these pieces for the models and with a little help from some assistants I think we made it work.

    I always shoot with lights, alien b’s and of course my canon mark d II and I have an assistant helping with posing the models. I think that the gear that you have is second to the passion that you have – you can have all the gear in the world but it won’t make you a better shooter if you don’t know how to create the art !!

  5. Duane Heaton August 7, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    Canon 5d, 24-105 f4 IS lens, 3 Q Flashes, 3 Westcott Softboxes, Manfrotto 55Pro Tripod with Slik Ball Head.

    Image processed in PS3.

    Image is a composite of two images.

    Lacrosse Player Photographed with 3 Lights
    Field HDR Image processed with Photomatix

  6. Nader Abushhab August 6, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    My friend Lauren and I shooting in Phoenix, AZ. She has this gorgeous blue hair that I love photographing… Shade was provided by a 43″ Optical White Satin Umbrella, and a gold reflector was placed below to warm the shot and create a blue vs. gold look. Sass was provided by Lauren. =)

    Nikon D7000
    50mm f/1.4 @ f/5
    ISO: 100

  7. SarahNoda August 6, 2013 at 2:52 am #

    This mother & son image was created with a canon 5d ii and a 24-70mm 2.8L zoom lens, in natural light.
    ISO 640, 58mm, f/3.2, 1/320 sec

    I love the sweet expression on the son’s face and the body language between them. The pop of color in the mother’s jacket just pulls your eye in and adds interest.

  8. melissa3339 August 5, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    My youngest son (in picture) and I went back home to Rhode Island for a surprise visit to see my oldest son last April. We were out in Newport on the cliff walk and went up in the yard of one of the mansions. We had been having fun taking pictures all day. There was a field of daffodils and and my youngest son struck this pose along with many others. Passers by were laughing and we laughed so hard. What a fun day we had! Certainly a day to remember! Canon 5D Mark III, EF14mm f/2.8L II USM prime lens, ISO 200, f/5.0, 1/1600 sec, natural light.

  9. Karen Vaisman August 5, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    Hello! Since I think there is confusion on this link (two contests link to the same location) I’m uploading my infant portrait here and hope it gets entered in the contest!

    Taken with a Nikon D4, 3×4 softbox with 3 speedlights to add to the soft feel of the skin. Processed using Nik Silver Efex to control tonality and vignetting.

    What I loved about this 2 day old infant’s portrait is the smile on her face. She is dreaming something very happy don’t you think?

    Karen Vaisman

  10. Kevin August 5, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Camera Settings – 1/160th at f/11 ISO 100
    Equipment – 2 StrobeLite Plus with Med Softboxes (left and right), and tri-reflector on bottom

    This was a photo assignment and the theme was Blue.

  11. Karen Vaisman August 2, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    This image was taken in studio with Apollo softbox with 2 nikon sb800 speedlights inside. Color enhanced in photoshop for effect of eye echoing the peacock feather. Vignetted to draw attention to intense eye contact.


    Karen Vaisman Join me for more glamour photography!

  12. HHH August 2, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Engagement Shoot before a Peacock Wedding By HHHPhotography

    Edited with Lightroom & Adobe Photoshop to Soften

    Camera Canon EOS 7D
    Exposure Time 0.004s (1/250)
    Aperture f/2.8
    ISO 100
    Focal Length 200mm (320mm in 35mm)
    Photo Dimensions 4651 x 3751
    File Name IMG_7623a.jpg
    File Size 2.70 MB

    Flash flash did not fire
    Metering spot
    Exposure Program manual
    Exposure Bias 0 EV
    Exposure Mode manual
    White Balance manual
    Subject Distance 829/100
    Color Space sRGB

  13. Johnna "Speaks" Photography August 1, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    This shot was with a Canon 7D and 70-200L. Natural light and a silver reflector were used.

  14. Rebecka August 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    This is at the Whitehorn cook shelter on the Berg Lake Trail in Mt. Robson park. Some fill flash to match the light outside. It was a great trip.

  15. Sean August 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    Shot using my ICE Light in one hand and my Canon 60D in the other. I can’t believe it turned out as sharp as it did!

  16. Herrinphotography July 31, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    Lena was a perfect choice for this pin-up Asian look with an edge. Canon 5D Mark II, 24-105, three light set up.

  17. Sandra Burchett July 31, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    Yeap, it’s a door! This is a historic house in downtown Lexington. No flash, just natural light. I loved the pop of color of the red door against the blue house. I just thought it was cool!

  18. Bradley Syracuse Evans July 31, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    I shot this in an old apartment in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It looked very run down, but it was actually a pretty cozy place. The subject had little experience being photographed, but absolutely loved being in front of a camera and took direction well.

    I think this is a great picture for this contest because I used several types of light sources in this which I will explain in the details part. The color in this is very contrasty and other than a few edits to the subject, this is all in-camera work.

    I shot this with a Nikon D300 and a 28mm f2.8 lens. The exposure was set to 1/60 at f9.0. For the lighting I used the Nikon SB900 and SB800 speed lights with incandescent and fluorescent gels. For the extraneous equipment I used a spotlight to fill in a little of her face and the existing light to light the rest of the portrait in the stairwell. I also used a soft box and an umbrella on either speed light.

  19. Christine David July 30, 2013 at 2:52 am #

    As much as I love neutrals with babies, I’m all about color at heart. This little doll was perfect and the resulting image makes me happy. I might just sing “you are my sunshine” every time I look at it.

  20. Matthew Warzecha July 29, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    This photo was my experiment in colourful / vibrant gels… I shot it using a Canon 5D MarkII body with the Canon 24-70mm 2.8 (the Mark1 version)… I believe i had the zoom all the way to 70mm and shooting wide open (f2.8)… since i was using flash, my shutter would have been 1/200 (max sync speed)…

    I’m extremely fascinated by colour and just recently started being brave and using different gels for (almost) everything… I believe it was Greg Heisler who said “When i shoot a photograph, I look for a reason NOT to gel the light”…

  21. spectaclephoto July 29, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    From a band promo shoot.

  22. Robert J. Lopez July 26, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    This is a photo composite portrait. I love the colors of blue, green and gray. I also enjoy anything that relates to water. This is the starting point of my portraiture project.

    The model you see is Laurie Meas, a classmate of mine at school and she wanted to do a photo shoot. She had never done one before so she was nervous. I played songs in the background, we talked and took breaks. Within a few test shots she became comfortable.

    Alas, the photo session became alive.

    I had taken the beach photograph you see in the photo prior to the portrait shoot. I matched the perspective and when adding Laurie. It was a breeze.

    I have shown this photograph and have mixed reviews. No matter what, I am still proud of myself and the work I create. This is my photographic journey.
    Photo Specs

    3 Profoto Lights with Softboxes
    Nikon D7000 with 18-105mm

  23. Logan Lovett July 26, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    for this picture I used a canon T3 with a 75-300 lens. It was shot at a 170mm at an f7.11/250th. I mostly used the natural light that was in the pasture, but to fill the shadow side of her face I used a car window reflector since I did not have a circle reflector with me.

    For this picture i wanted to make sure that just my sister was in focus and the background was out of focus enough that you could see no real detail behind her. I shot it at 170mm from a good distance away to achieve this.

    There really is no reason i went out and took this picture other than the fact that my sister wanted to have a new profile picture and I had nothing else to do that day.


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